Now that you know the basic rules of perspective as I explained in my latest post one point perspective, now I am going to use the same rules but for two point perspective drawing.
One point perspective is used when we face an object,
Two points perspective is used when looking at an object from its corner.
So, let’s start!!
– The vanishing point : is a point on the horizon line where any set of lines that are going the same direction as the viewers is looking will meet at the vanishing point (These lines are called orthogonal lines). It is the place where objects begin to disappear because of the distance. So there are two vanishing points in two point perspective. These two points should be spaced out from each other to prevent distortion.
– The horizon line : The height of the horizon will affect the placement of the vanishing point as well as the viewer’s eye level. Most of the time, the horizon line will be imaginary so while you should include it you should draw it lightly so it can be easily erased later.
Drawing of a square using two point perspective
First, trace the horizon line, then place two vanishing points.
Trace two converging lines starting from the vanishing points. Their intersection will be the corner of the square.
Trace the other lines to form the other side of the square. Again, their intersection will be the opposite corner of the square.
Follow the steps you see in my drawings.
Drawing of a box using two point perspective
After tracing the horizon line and placing the two vanishing points, draw the corner of the square.
Trace the converging lines from the two edges of the corner of the square to the vanishing points.
Then, draw the other corners. Always use converging lines to draw every lines of the square.
Easy example using a box in two point perspective
First, let us draw a box as we did before!
Draw the diagonals 0f the two faces of the box in order to find the middle points of the roof.
Then, with the help of converging lines, you can complete the form.
Following these steps according to my explanations may be complicated, so I highly recommend you to look well at the steps of my drawings.
Drawing of an ellipse using two point perspective
If you remember well from the ‘‘one point perspective” post, the easiest way to draw a circle is by using a square.
First, draw a square using the two vanishing points.
Then, draw the diagonals and middles lines of this square. Using these lines, you can trace the ellipse.
Drawing of a cylinder using two point perspective
Examples of two point perspective drawing
This first example will be a Rubik’s Cube. This is an easy example as you just have to draw a normal box.
Then, trace the others lines using the vanishing points. And finally, trace the vertical lines.
This example of a city view is also pretty easy, this is all about drawing a lot of squares using both vanishing points, to form buildings and parks.
Then adding details, details, details..!!
If you want to draw an interior, you need first to trace the walls as seen in the first picture. Then, add the furnitures using boxes and cylinders. Then, draw as much as details you want. The more details you add, the more realistic your drawing will be.
If you want to know more about the process, click here.
Two points perspective is mostly used to draw houses or buildings from outside, as this one. So, just draw the main lines to have an approximative view of the place.
Then, details! If you want to know more about the process, click here.
The same rules apply here! Details are what take time but this is what makes the difference!
This example is more about a modern house.
This is actually easier than the others. Just draw boxes and add palm trees!
This one is a little different. The two vanishing points are up and down, instead or left and right.
In other words, we are facing the horizontal corner of the building.
But all the rules are still the same!
This one looks more complicated. But it’s not.
This is just a bigger building with more details!
I know, I know… This one looks kinda scary with all the little details..
But remember that placing the main lines is the hardest part! It is ok to spent a lot of time for this part! Just draw these lines softly so you can erase them and try again if needed!
That is all for two point perspective drawing! Not so hard right ?
The following post will be about the detailed steps of my two point perspective drawings! And after this one, my favorite part of perspective drawings arrive! : Three point perspective drawing! This types of works seriously look so complicated yet so satisfying!